What Everybody Ought To Know About What It Cost To Be The Boss

Cost to be the boss textI’m writing this blog for those who are not your everyday, typical entrepreneurs who are caught up with the thought of just having a business, but rather for those who view themselves as a dream seeker and a game changer—ready to make a profound impact on the world.

In order to make an impact on today’s society, it will require more than just having an idea. You’ve heard the old cliché, “Ideas are a dime a dozen,” but I say the one who does whatever it takes to transport that idea into reality will make millions. For this to happen, it requires out-of-the-box thinking and actions with radical strategic moves that will distinguish you from the slew of professional dreamers that talk a good game. With more than 7 billion people on this planet, what makes you and your dream different? What makes what you do any different from the next person? Is it how you do it or is it how you sell it?

Most people think they can easily start and efficiently run a successful business, but I will tell you that to become a power player in this highly aggressive and competitive market or to become an achievement magnate does not begin with the simple launch of a business concept. No, it begins with the cultivation of your mind and will. You have to be absolutely certain that being in business is not only what you want to do, but that it is in your DNA to own and operate your own dream business. I strongly believed that the potential to start and run a business was placed within me by my Creator before I was born. However, to harness and develop this rare intrinsic quality didn’t come without listening to several business midwives to help birth this ability.

Do you believe God wants you in business? I can tell you that God does want some of you in business for yourself, but not by yourself. God wants to help you to succeed in business. Don’t give in to this false notion that God is not interested in business. This is far from the truth. To own and operate a business helps to serve your community by providing goods and services. If God is concerned with business ethics, then He is concerned about business. Christians have to understand this as well as anyone else.

Being your own boss sounds attractive until you realize what it all entails. You must be mentally and somewhat physically prepared to work long hours. Your family has to already be balanced and mentally sure of your devotion to them before entering the business world. The daily demands of running your own business and the constant unpredictable situations that will most likely arise can overtake your life, and cause the lines between home and work to become vague.

However, if running your own business is what you really want and you are fully aware of the cost—go for it! Considering the nature of most businesses, you may have to give up most of your evenings and possibly weekends. Many business owners use their evenings and some weekends to catch up on admin work, which can be tedious and exhausting.

In order to start and get your business rolling, it will demand a lot of your attention. Despite all your planning, the unexpected is sure to pop up. So, don’t expect time off like those who work a regular job. Many people who work for themselves cannot afford to take three to four weeks of vacation holiday each year, especially in the first several years. You might have to give up social activities you enjoy, for a time, at least, and use that time to mingle at city Chamber meetings. Friends and family might not get to see you as much as you or they would like. This is why having a secure relationship with your spouse is paramount because he or she can so easily give in to feeling neglected. You will have to manage your time wisely, so that when you are with your family, you will give them your undivided attention.

Are you ready to pay the cost? If so, there are other costs that come into play in order to be the boss. It’s easy to get carried away with the attractive characteristics of starting and owning a successful business, but the reality is, you will most likely have to wear more than one hat as the owner. You must be prepared to be the receptionist, assistant, delivery person, and the janitor. Without question, success only comes at a premium. To integrate mind adjustment principles, along with business savvy will make you unstoppable in both your life and your business. To help you do it, let me first walk you through the journey of an entrepreneur.

Look for my blog next week as we journey through this process of WHAT EVERYBODY OUGHT TO KNOW ABOUT WHAT IT COST TO BE THE BOSS. Click below to buy my book Unexpected Treasures as a foundation to help you discover your hidden treasures.

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The Intrinsic Quality of the Successful

iqs-200-postIf you are waiting for someone to substantiate that you are a success, you are waiting for the wrong information. If you are looking around to see the symbols of your success to validate whether or not you are a success, you are looking at the wrong things.


Internal success far outweighs external success. Knowing who you are and living a life of fulfillment is far more valuable than all the money in the world. In fact, having a powerful sense of self-awareness, and an intuitive knowledge of who you truly are without the need of outside influences to help you secure your mental sense of self-worth, is a priceless commodity.

I am not saying wealth and material things are not important, because that would not be true. On the contrary, money and material things are an absolute necessity if one is going to survive in this world. Riches may not bring permanent happiness, but neither will poverty. I have seen wealthy people miserable and unhappy, though they possess all the money and material things a person can dream of having. I have also seen people living with just the bare basic necessities of life, and they are just as miserable and unhappy as the person with everything.

Therefore, money and material things are not the true symbols of success. The Good Book says that a person who cannot rule their own soul is like a city without walls. This means that the person’s life and all they may have built throughout their lifetime is completely vulnerable and open to assaults. These people usually end up losing everything because they most likely have stepped on (not over) many friends and associates just to get what they thought would validate them in the eyes of people. A person succeeding in making money is not an indicator that the person has succeeded with controlling their insatiable appetites of lasciviousness.

Your self-image is a product of your experiences, failures, triumphs, humiliations, and breakthroughs. Through these experiences, you create a picture of yourself and most importantly, you believe that it is a true depiction of who you are. Because you believe your self-image is accurate, you base your actions on it. If your actions lead to failure or success, your self-image is then is responsible. There is a reason why willpower does not work, and why it is like a snap-back effect. Your “will” is powered by something other than you simply making a decision to do something. Your mind controls your body, but your will controls your mind.

When people use willpower, what they are actually doing is going to battle against their self-image. However, the self-image is always stronger because it is their subconscious belief. To further explain my point, I want you to view yourself as a rubber band. When you stretch the rubber band, it is similar to your willpower. If you think you can go around for a full day as a fully stretched out rubber band, you are sadly mistaken. At some point during the course of the day, something will distract you—and you will let up on the pressure. When that happens, the rubber band snaps back to its true shape. This is what happens when you use your will power to mentally change what you think about yourself without you changing your intrinsic core belief of who you are. Woody Allen said, “My only regret is that I’m not someone else.”

What a sad way of thinking about yourself. You can make all the money your little heart desires, but you better know why you are trying to make money, because money itself will not be the remedy to your lack of fulfillment. This is one of the reasons why so many people experience the yo-yo effect. The will is designed to do what it does, but it does not make you who you are. If you learn to re-engineer your self-image based on a God-consciousness, you will permanently expand it, and there will be no more snap-back effect.

A neighbor was befriending a child in the neighborhood.
“I understand that you have twins in your home. Are you one of them?”
The boy slowly put his head down and said, “No sir! I’m just a spare.”

Once you learn how to activate and release God’s power in every situation, you will find yourself moving beyond obstacles that previously frustrated you. You will actually develop an unstoppable God (self)-confidence and a heightened excitement about your future. Like most people, your will is to be successful, but it does not mean because your will is for success, that you will obtain it. You have to go further than just to will it; you have to believe it so that no approval would be necessary to make your life work. There is no doubt in my mind that if you are a success; the only thing I must do is to believe that you are.

Now, let me re-address the subject of money. It’s right to make money and even ethically there is nothing wrong with making a lot of money. Money may not grow on trees, but it does grow from talent and knowledge. Concentration, Creativity, and Negotiation are three important elements of having a successful business. The ability to take an idea, analyze business opportunities, and evaluate business options is a major attribute use. When your heart is balanced, it takes a conscientious effort to ensure that your mind coincides with your heart.

Recommended Reading:

I frequently say, “Readers are leaders and leaders are readers.” I strongly believe this statement; therefore, I have taken the time to recommend reading material that I believe will greatly benefit your life and business endeavors. Click the images to see more information or to order the books from Amazon.com.

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Are You Dreaming?

What does your dream of life look like? Do you dream of living the good life; a successful business, traveling the world, a custom built home with several vacation homes around the nation and no financial worries? Of course, those living on the edge of ‘barely making it’ would love to have the money to live better and more productive lives. Unfortunately, dreaming about your future does not make your future better.

A Man Dreaming
A Man Dreaming
What does your dream of life look like? Do you dream of living the good life; a successful business, traveling the world, a custom built home with several vacation homes around the nation and no financial worries? Of course, those living on the edge of ‘barely making it’ would love to have the money to live better and more productive lives. Unfortunately, dreaming about your future does not make your future better.
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The Time Machine

There is a point where your dream world and your real world share a moment. Discover how you can marry your reality with your dreams.

There is a point where your dream world and your real world share a moment. All of us have moments when we can imagine how we would like our lives to be or vacationing on a private yacht in the Pacific or having a successful business and helping underprivileged children attend college. Imagine having your dreams come true and doing everything you ever thought of doing and achieving.

Is Time Travel Possible?

I can recall once speaking to a small audience of entrepreneurs, small business owners, and dreamers concerning my time travel. When they heard me mention “time travel,” they looked at me as though I was out of my mind. As I made sure that I looked everyone of them in their eyes to watch their expression, some would give me a skeptical slight smile, knowing something was coming next. Of course, none of them expected me to mention anything remotely close a “Time Machine,” but they could figure out something was up.

Know Your Past; Create Your Future

Knowing that I had their undivided attention, I said, “I already know what is in my past because I created it and lived it, but I was interested in seeing how my future and how it would pan out a couple of years from now, and what I saw was something phenomenal.” Then I lowered the boom and said, “I saw a point where my dream world and my real world shared a moment and then, my future was created.”

Expectations Without Preparation

Oftentimes; people have unsubstantiated expectations because they have no plan in place to bring those expectations into realization. Whenever imagination kisses preparation, what you then have is realization. The fundamental principle behind “time travel” is a strategic goal planning process that allows a person to view presently what their future can possibly become. It is like an architect building a prototype of a building that is stored in his memory bank. Visualizing his future building project inspires him to create a blueprint to construct his thoughts, thus, he establishes his future. Although, his body never moved an inch into tomorrow, his faith and vision traveled to the building site and built the building without ever leaving where he stood.

Creativity Proceeds Actions

I believe that the God of the universe created nothing first, stepped onto it like vast canvass and begin to form and sketch out His vision of the sun, stars, planets and all the celestial bodies and spoke their purpose and plan of operation into their framework so that light and day and dark and night can be formed. He personally screwed the stars into their sockets and commanded them to sparkle and be exposed only during the darkness. As God was creating the planets, He paid particular attention to Earth; because this would be the place where His prized possession would live-His children. God formed the clouds from the dust of His feet. The clouds appeared as a dense mist and He caused them to cry to pour water on the Earth. He dug deep and shallow crevasses in the soil of the Earth and allowed the waters to be stored in them. Then He commanded the waters to remain in their pockets so that it would not overtake the land. He filled the Earth with about two thirds of water and with the combination of dust and water; He formed the body of the Man. Moreover, just to think of this, God placed all of this creative ability in you.

Plan For Today by Exploring Your Tomorrow

Your future does not have to be an unexpected surprise; but if you do nothing today, your tomorrow will unquestionably be a surprise. Go ahead, take a few moments and travel two to five years into your future and sketch out how you want your life to be two to five years from now. Your future is like an immense bright white canvass waiting for you to determine what it will be like when you arrive there. You have a chance to draw the plans for your future now. Do not wait for fate to determine unpleasant surprises, use your creative ability and do today what creates your tomorrow. Your past is tainted and full of failure, frustrations and disappointments, but your future is bright and spotless. You can make your tomorrow exactly how you want it to be. You are the Michelangelo of your future. Draw it out, plan it and then live it. Nothing will be in your future that you have not already done today.